‘Sharknado 2’ Draws Syfy Record 3.9 Million Viewers

Sharknado 2 Ratings

“Sharknado” hasn’t yet jumped the shark with viewers, as Syfy’s sequel to last year’s creature feature drew a sizable crowd of 3.9 million viewers on Wednesday night — dwarfing the original’s total, according to Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” estimates.

“Sharknado 2: The Second One,” in which Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return to battle a Sharknado unleashed on New York City, gave the network its most-watched original movie ever.

SEE ALSO: Twitter Much Bigger for ‘Sharknado 2’

By comparison, the NBCUniversal cabler averaged 987,000 viewers in primetime for the first four weeks of July. And in recent years, its biggest recent movie prior to last night was “Swamp Shark,” which gobbled up about 2.2 million in June 2011.

In adults 18-49, “Sharknado 2” averaged about 1.6 million viewers — nearly triple what the original attracted — and outdrew Wednesday broadcast originals like “Extant,” “Motive” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The first installment of “Sharknado” was a tsunami on Twitter — peaking at about 5,000 tweets per minute during its premiere airing last July on Syfy — but drew a modest 1.37 million “live plus same-day” viewers. A couple of subsequent replays actually fared better, and Syfy estimates that more than 14 million Americans ended up catching at least a few minutes of the film.

According to Nielsen Twitter ratings, there were 581,000 tweets about the movie during its premiere — 83% more than the original (318,000). At several points during the movie, nine of 10 U.S. trending topics on the social media platform were related to “Sharknado.”

“Sharknado 2,” directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from a screenplay by Thunder Levin, also stars Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Vivica A. Fox and Judah Friedlander, with cameo appearances by Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Perez Hilton, Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Andy Dick.


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  1. Rose says:

    Also, I think part 3 should be in Pittsburgh. Sharknado 3: The 3 Rivers. :)

  2. Rose says:

    Why do people think this is supposed to be a serious movie? I just don’t get it. The acting is SUPPOSED to be bad, the deaths are SUPPOSED to be funny. That’s what it is. No one is going for an Oscar winner here. Just a fun movie. They nailed it for what it was supposed to be. A cult classic in the making.

  3. laurey rodriguez says:

    loving this movie

  4. Jaws says:

    Sharknado #3 needs to be in D.C.

  5. Molly says:

    Loved both movies ! I didn’t expect either to be good in the normal sense of the word, but they were fantastic in the campy movie sense !!! Very cheesy and ridiculous, but super fun !!!

  6. mr says:

    SciFi channel USED to have some great shows but now its just pumping out D-list crap – as is most of cable tv

  7. Grace says:

    To the director. Anyone could have made this. I called every scene . This was the most idiotic movie I’ve ever seen. Really…and I’ve seen quite a few of them. First of all Tara Reid can not act. My cat would have done a better job than Reid. Zering had to make up for her inadequacies. But honestly. No more, man. Just stop already.

  8. Put Some Sharks on Person of Interest and Blue Bloods and Big Bang Theory says:

    Maybe CBS can get some sharks……diverse ones, of course.

  9. Frank white says:

    It would be really great if the SyFY Channel started buying some actual quality films to have on their station, rather than continuing to acquire the garbage produced by The Asylum. The Asylum is a production company that, with the exception of one of their early films, “King of the Ants,” has produced nothing but badly done, low budget knock offs of real films, while also continuing to be the absolute worst company in Hollywood to work for if you are a crew person or talent. They are a company that gives the film business a bad reputation. With all of the great films and great film makers out there, it is amazing that this sleazy company is still making product that people will watch. I guess if you like watching a train-wreck…

  10. Liz says:

    This news is so unbelievably stupid and yet, not all that surprising.

  11. TONY says:

    thats great!
    ready for part 3!

  12. Wow, if 3.9 million people paid $8 each to see this in the theater, it would be been a bonafide hit of earning over $30 million!

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